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Old 01-25-2011, 07:59 AM   #1
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Pro brewer. New tacoma owner.

Wow. I was pretty surprised to find a homebrewing section in this forum. I am new to tacomas, but I have always been a car tinkerer. I have owned, and tinkered with, many VWs. I just bought my first truck, '09 tacoma prerunner. I'm really happy with it so far. I usually get pretty obsessed with my cars, so I anticipate that I will become very familiar with Tacoma World.

Anyways, I am a professional brewer at Stone Brewing Company in San Diego, CA. I love brewing, homebrewing and "big" brewing. I love talking beer too. I went to brewing school in Chicago and Munich, Germany. If anybody has a brewing question, feel free to ask. Hopefully this section of the forums will get some action, and we can chat about beer and trucks. Cheers to all the tacoma owning brewers!
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:22 AM   #2
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BeerGuy you have my dream job. I've been home brewing (extract) for about 3 years now off an on, I need to get off my ass and get brewing.
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Where's good links for supplies? Thanks and Welcome.
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Where's good links for supplies? Thanks and Welcome.
I buy the majority of my ingredients at northernbrewer.com, I also have a local shop but their prices are high.
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BeerGuy, congrats for such a great brewery, you guys' IPA is my fav everyday beer, great work down there. I need to make my way down your way to check Stone out in person.
The wife and I just whipped our first batch of beer up from an extract kit as well and hope to learn much much more about brewing beer. We are eagerly waiting to bottle and ultimately taste our first batch! TW seemed like un unlikely place to go for brewing advice but apparently that isn't the case anymore!
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Why does everybody like the Stone IPA? Or IPA's in general?

Can't stand them.
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Welcome to TW!

And we know ... we're not worthy.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:18 PM   #8
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:19 PM   #9
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Why does everybody like the Stone IPA? Or IPA's in general?

Can't stand them.
Hops are an acquired taste. I actually wasn't a fan either until I tried Hopasaurus Rex from Steelhead Bewery while in Eugene, Oregon. Turned me into a believer.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:20 PM   #10
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Why does everybody like the Stone IPA? Or IPA's in general?

Can't stand them.
It's a preference thing.

I personally like a red or amber much better than an IPA. Many people swear by Belgians. Some people like Miller Lite (my Dad).

I think that IPAs tend to get a lot of talk because they're very robust, and you can easily sift through the complexities of malt and hops. It's kind of like when wine people get together and talk about Pinot Noir. It's trendy.
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It's a preference thing.

I personally like a red or amber much better than an IPA. Many people swear by Belgians. Some people like Miller Lite (my Dad).

I think that IPAs tend to get a lot of talk because they're very robust, and you can easily sift through the complexities of malt and hops. It's kind of like when wine people get together and talk about Pinot Noir. It's trendy.
I like amber lagers and Hefs the best.
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Where's good links for supplies? Thanks and Welcome.
It's always good to support your local homebrew shop. I usually go to my local shop for yeast and any last minute supplies. For hard to find stuff, and for big purchases, northernbrewer.com and morebeer.com are pretty much the best online stores out there.
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Welcome to TW!! I've been home-brewing for about 3 years now. Just finished up some hard cider and have some NB world wide lager in secondary right now. I had a chance to visit NB in Milwaukee last month and picked up a few extract kits. The guys at the store were super helpful, but man....they've literally got PHD's in yeast...who knew.

Pretty awesome that you work at Stone. Arrogant Bastard is still one of my favorites.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:50 PM   #16
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BeerGuy, congrats for such a great brewery, you guys' IPA is my fav everyday beer, great work down there. I need to make my way down your way to check Stone out in person.
The wife and I just whipped our first batch of beer up from an extract kit as well and hope to learn much much more about brewing beer. We are eagerly waiting to bottle and ultimately taste our first batch! TW seemed like un unlikely place to go for brewing advice but apparently that isn't the case anymore!
Cool. Kudos to you for brewing your first batch. Homebrewing is a great hobby. Let me know how the beer comes out.

Stone is a great place to visit. The bistro is really good. Great beer selection. Food is good too.
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Why does everybody like the Stone IPA? Or IPA's in general?

Can't stand them.

Bitterness is an acquired taste. A human's natural instinct is to spit out something that is bitter. For some reason if you try it enough, you learn to love it.

IPAs can also contain many pleasant flavors. Pine, floral, herbal, and all ranges of citrus can be found in IPAs. They can be very interesting beers.
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Another homebrewer here...Doing all grain 10G batches.
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Anyways, I am a professional brewer at Stone Brewing Company in San Diego, CA. I love brewing, homebrewing and "big" brewing. I love talking beer too. I went to brewing school in Chicago and Munich, Germany. If anybody has a brewing question, feel free to ask. Hopefully this section of the forums will get some action, and we can chat about beer and trucks. Cheers to all the tacoma owning brewers!
Love Arrogant Bastard on draft. I was surprised to find a homebrewing forum too. Hope to see a fair bit of activity.
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A good IPA with a spicy meal is damn near heaven on Earth. I'm weeping tears of joy just thinking about it.

Welcome to TW, great truck, great career, great city. You must suffer from terrible bouts of depression.
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